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After more than 800 days of detention, the second of the two Canadians detained in China is on trial for espionage on Monday, March 22. As with Michael Spavor on Friday March 19, Michael Kovrig's trial was held behind closed doors on the outskirts of Beijing. Diplomats and journalists were unable to attend the hearing. </p><div> <p><em>With our correspondent in Beijing</em>, <strong>Stephane Lagarde</strong>
A rather peculiar litany in front of the Intermediate People’s Court No. 2 of the Fengtai District in Beijing. Diplomats list the names of their respective embassies. In total, 26 countries, including France and Germany, came to support Canadian representation in this trial. But the number does not change the case.
This is the same scenario as for the judgment of another Canadian national this Friday, March 19 in northeastern China. Unable to attend the hearing of Michael Kovrig. At the western entrance to the courthouse, there are jostling cameras and cameras.
On the peron, an official in uniform affirms in her mask that the affair touches on the ” national security And that therefore the trial is held in camera.
« We are extremely concerned by this refusal to let us in, and by the lack of transparency of the entire judicial process. », Explains Jim Nickel, charge d’affaires of the Embassy of Canada.
A release that depends on the fate of the heiress of Huawei
Like Michael Spavor, Michael Kovrig was arrested in China in December 2018, following the US extradition request of Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the founder of Huawei in Canada.
For many observers, if the condemnation of ” two Michael There is little doubt, their release depends on that of the heiress and financial director of the Chinese telecoms giant.
►To read: Trial of two Canadians in China: a means of pressure for Beijing in the Huawei case
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